2017 Prescribed Drug Dependence & Withdrawal Survey

The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry, in collaboration with the University of Roehampton and with the support of Baylissa Frederick of Recovery Road, has launched a survey to gather data on the experiences and provision needs of those who are suffering, or have suffered, from prescribed drug dependence (PDD) and withdrawal.

The survey is open to all adult volunteers; however we are particularly interested in volunteers from the UK as these responses will help inform our work around the provision of UK services.

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire, which is designed to obtain information on various features of PDD withdrawal, withdrawal provision, as well as preferences for future provision.

All the data gathered will be used to generate research to inform policy. Data will be ultimately published in both academic and public policy report form. Completion of the questionnaire should take no more than 20 minutes, but could take longer should you desire to answer written questions in depth.

The survey opens at 9am on 10 August 2017 will close at 5pm on 24 August 2017 BST.

The link to the survey can be found here:


Thank you in advance for participating in this survey.

2 Responses to 2017 Prescribed Drug Dependence & Withdrawal Survey

  1. Phil Braithwaite 10/08/2017 at 2:49 pm #

    My name is Phil Braithwaite and I am an involuntary benzo prescription addict in withdrawal. I have been housebound now for over 2 years since I was reinstated on 10 mg Diazapam atetr a too fast withdrawal at an In Patient Unit in Birmingham . I am looked after by my wife Margaret who is emailing this to you -it is in her maiden name . My symptoms at presnt are very painful and more painful now than at the beginning of the tapering . I am now down to 1.3 ml diazapam a day . I have had no help in Birmingham which is why my wife has set up a petition for a prescription tranquilliser support group so that at least I wouls be able to talk to fellow sufferers in my home city . At present I an suffering from heat surges and when my head gets extremely hot I have to spend an hour or so cooling it with cold wet face cloths . Another neuropathic problem is sweating and feelings of hot and cold . I cannot tolerate a temperature of less than 25 degrees . My legs have pains and my knees heat up when I am standing . I don`t know how long this is going to go on and now ispend most of my days in bed ;I perceive all clothing and bedlinen to be damp and spend a lot of time hair drying it . This enforced period in bed is relatively new since not long ago I could come downstairs and read and listen to the radio but definitely not at present . Also because of my temperature to cold I have only been in my garden 5 times this year and then only for short periods . I don`t want to give My wife describes my body as being my torture chamber and it is . Do get back to me -the petition that might heplp me si:
    hope you can sign it and get others to.

  2. Sandra Villarreal 19/08/2017 at 12:04 am #

    As a psychiatric survivor of being drugged for over 35 years, and enduring cold-turkey withdrawals from Klonopin, Effexor, Trazodone & Lithium while my mental healtcare workers refused to provide any support or help I can’t thank you enough for this survey and desire to improve this madness of making us patients suffer endlessly, and needlessly for decades as we take our medicine. I’ve had my entire life destroyed. We even gave up our children. We’ve lost everything. I love you Dr. James Davies, and the cepuk.org website. Thank to all who are giving voice to us who have been silenced by our mental health-care facilities. God Bless you all.

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